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27.02.2009 Social News

Convention seeks to promote rights of disabled persons


Mr. Kwabena Atta Adjei, a legal practitioner, on Thursday reminded the public that the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), sought to promote, protect and ensure the enjoyment of rights and freedoms of disabled persons.

He said the Convention also emphasized the importance of mainstreaming disability issues as an integral part of relevant strategies for sustainable development.

Mr. Adjei was speaking at a day's sensitization workshop on advocacy for the ratification of the Convention by the government of Ghana, in Kumasi.

The workshop organized by the Ghana Society for the Physically Disabled and sponsored by the Tides Foundation, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), was aimed among other issues at raising the awareness of the general public on the Convention and its ratification.

Mr. Adjei said the Convention sought to ensure respect for inherent dignity, individual autonomy including the freedom to make ones own choices and independence of persons.

He said the Convention also focused on PWDs right to adequate standard of living and that of their families, including the basic necessities of life without any discrimination against them.

Mr. Joseph Adu-Boampong, national President of Ghana Society for the Physically Disabled, expressed worry that PWDs faced challenges such as discrimination in the areas of education, employment and health and said the ratification of the Convention could help address the issues.

He called on the various metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies to abide by government directive to set aside two per cent of their share of the Common Fund to support programmes related to PWD.